How to Ride in an Airship

An airship ride is one of the most unforgettable experiences in life. Few people get the chance to do it. There is a good reason for this. Airships are rare and those that are allowed to carry passengers are even rarer. Those who have ridden say the experience is awesome with unmatched views, a quiet ride and the feeling that you are out of this world. Unlike an aircraft where you can only peek through rigid windows, the airship offers more spectacular wide open views. How can you experience this awesome ride?

  1. There are very few tour companies offering airship rides. You could try Germany where there is a tour operator flying above Bodensee (Lake Constance) from time to time. You will have to book early and keep track of any changes.
  2. You will inform the booking agent whether you are coming in as a party or alone. Details of your weight will be needed too. If you are flying for a special occasion, you could inform the agent so he can arrange a surprise for the occasion.
  3. You will download the conformation letter, and the receipt. Read and understand the terms and conditions before signing the contract. You have to present all these documents on the day of the tour.
  4. Confirm your tour one day before the flight. The prevailing weather has a lot of influence on the flight path of the airship and it is not uncommon for flights to be cancelled.
  5. Carry appropriate clothing as the airship will be flying at heights where the air is chillier than what you are used to. You can layer up so that you can keep warm and remove the clothes easier on your descent.
  6. You will have to be present at the gates 1 hour before the flight. All the paperwork will be examined and if ok, you are issued with a boarding pass.
  7. You are offered a briefing of the flight along with some trivia before departure as you wait in the lounge.
  8. Only the number allowed on board the ship is allowed to board. The usual number is 12 per trip. You will seat and strap your seat belt on.
  9. The airship ascends gently up to 1,200 feet. The pilot will fly along a pre-determined path while you view the land below through 360 degrees viewing windows.
  10. The pilot will signal for seat belts off which allow you to come off your chair and walk around the gondola. If the conditions allow it, the pilot may permit you to stick your head out.
  11. The pilot will signal for a return to your seat and begin the descent back to where you lifted off.